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Yeah But, No Butts!
Cotswold smokers are being urged to dispose of their cigarette butts responsibly when the Smokefree England legislation comes into force this weekend.
Experience from Ireland and Scotland suggests that cigarette-related litter is likely to increase significantly when the smoking ban in enclosed public spaces is introduced in England this Sunday (1st July).
Cotswold District Council is working with the community in a bid to minimise the problem. Posters bearing the message 'Yeah but, no butts' are being distributed across the District and scores of free pocket ashtrays are being handed out to help smokers dispose of their cigarette litter.
Waste Manager Scott Williams said: "The Cotswolds is a beautiful part of the country and we want to keep it that way.
"Dropping cigarette butts is unacceptable and anyone caught dropping litter of any kind can be issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice. However, as a Council we are very keen initially to focus on education and are urging smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts responsibly after first stubbing them out."
The Council has been working with businesses to help them comply with the new legislation and has been encouraging employers to make provision for the disposal of cigarette butts in suitable locations outside their premises.
From Sunday, virtually all enclosed and substantially enclosed public places and workplaces will be legally required to be smokefree at all times. Anyone who manages or is in charge of any premises or vehicles that the new Smokefree law applies to will have a legal responsibility to ensure they become and remain smokefree.
Public Protection Manager Kate Bishop said: "There has been a very positive response from local businesses to the new legislation and most people have welcomed the smoke free law."
: 26/06/2007 13:20:03
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